Make Your Expectations Work For You

Contentment is about meeting expectations and satisfying needs. And you will never, ever have the former (contentment) if you don’t accept and understand the latter (your personal expectations and needs).
— Ryan Holiday
Photo by  Jakob Owens  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Do you have a belief of what would make you happy? If it was granted this very second, would it make all your anxiety go away? How do you know? Where did that belief come from? Beliefs come from somewhere. Your parents, family, friends, co-workers, a loved one, TV, social media, the list is never ending.

How do these beliefs and perceptions hold you back? I believe that if I was able to write and nothing else, I'd be content.

I define nine to fives as one and the same. That belief has made every career I've found myself in not quite good enough. I view work weeks with set hours as preposterous. Let me do my work and clock out. Is the value of my work nothing more than a commodity?

My expectations don't match the reality I live in. I enjoy my career and I love the team I work with. But until I align my expectations with my beliefs, I'm taking on water in the form of unneeded anxiety and worry. That level of anxiety is debilitating as it acts with unconscious control over my life.

What are your irrational perceptions or beliefs about yourself? How might this anxiety be holding you back?

I struggle with being present. My fear? Life will tear by leaving me in the dust.

Challenge anxiety, but acknowledge it will be present. Despite what you learn or do, anxiety is natural. Anxiety does not disappear.

Hold yourself accountable! I'm here to help. Shoot me an e-mail and tell me what you're working on!